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Steve Locke

circumference

2005

Graphite, ink and gouache on mylar, 2.25 in diameter

Graphite, ink and gouache on mylar

2.25 in diameter

Graphite, ink and gouache on mylar, 2.25 in diameter

Graphite, ink and gouache on mylar

2.25 in diameter

Graphite, ink and gouache on mylar, 2.25 in diameter

Graphite, ink and gouache on mylar

2.25 in diameter

Graphite, ink and gouache on mylar, 2.25 in diameter

Graphite, ink and gouache on mylar

2.25 in diameter

Graphite, ink and gouache on mylar, 2.25 in diameter

Graphite, ink and gouache on mylar

2.25 in diameter

Description

Drawing upon Victorian miniature portraiture as inspiration, Steve Locke’s circumference (2005) series consists of ninety-nine small circular self-portraits. Exploring the circle as a specific space through drawing, Locke’s portraits are fit within the interior circumference of a cock ring, a device to enhance and hold the sexualized body, which functions as a sort of container for desire. According to Locke, “Self-portraiture is a form of self-location. It is a means to understand where I am physically and emotionally, in addition to being a way to explore formal issues and materials. … This work lays claim to a contained, sexualized space for the full expression of my personality.”